You may never find the time in your life to write a memoir but everyone can write a six-word memoir. That is the basic premise behind the blog turned book series Six-Word Memoirs. Each book has hundreds of authors, both famous and obscure, who have all written their memoirs with one common theme: six words.
“The idea of telling an entire story in half a dozen words dates back to Ernest Hemingway. Legend has it that this great American writer was once challenges to write a whole novel in just six words. He came back with “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
I recently borrowed all four six-word memoir books to read them again! Some are funny and satirical, others are melancholy and serious. Here are a few of my favorites and the links to order them for yourself!
According to Facebook, we broke up.
Always forgetting to bring an umbrella.
Texting in class, lost my phone.
I know they wanted a boy.
Falling apart because Dad’s in jail.
He preferred buddies, buddy preferred me.
Degree in English, I sell furniture.
What’s you life story in six words?
-Michael (CLP Hazelwood)